Ice Chest Cold Therapy System
If you've got Tendonitis and/or injury in your shoulder, neck, hips, back, hamstrings, etc, then you need to Ice those areas.
Period. There's no way around it, if you want the pain to go away, you need cold therapy.
Long story short, cold pushes irritant and waste product out of the tissue, and the body then pushes new blood, oxygen, and nutrition, in.
There are a variety of ways to ice. Ice Dipping is best (as seen on the How To Reduce Inflammation page), but you can't ice dip every area of your body (unless you have an ice bath or jump in a winter river). So then we look to see what's the next best method.
It's easy to Ice Dip the wrists, forearms, and elbows.
It's easy to Ice Dip the feet, ankles, Achilles, and lower leg.
It's TOUGH to Ice Dip the hips, the neck, the shoulders, the back, etc.
I'm not a huge fan of ice packs, but when used right they can be effective. But they have some downsides.
Short of Ice Dipping, overall this particular cold therapy system is the most functional, most efficient, most versatile, (and one could make the case it's the most convenient too) way to ice.
As you can see in the picture to the left, it's essentially a motorized ice chest with tubing and a hollow pad that ice cold water can circulate through.
You can pay up to $500 for fancier units than this one ($150), but this will work just fine and last plenty long enough.
The only thing that would REALLY improve it is if it would alternately circulate cold water, then hot water, then cold, then hot. You'll just have to use a hot pad (and save hundreds of dollars).
BENEFIT: No melting ice, no gel pack warming up after 15 minutes (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's all about strategy).
BENEFIT: The water stays ice cold as you can pack the chest with ice. Body heat warms it up some, of course, but it'll take a good long while.
BENEFIT: 2-5 minutes on one spot, then move it to another spot. Then another. Then another. The pad is big enough it covers a lot of area, so one gets a lot of -effect-.
Obviously you can grab some frozen peas or a baggie full of ice from the fridge. Absolutely. Purchasing a cold therapy system isn't for everyone.
For you it may or may not be worth it for minor aches and pains.
But it's definitely worth if for serious Tendonitis pain and/or recovering from injury and/or recovering from surgery. If you've had or are about to have Shoulder Surgery, I would seriously think in getting one of these. If you use it your recovery time will be much faster.
For the ease of use, ability to move it around quickly and easily without melting, dripping, etc, I highly suggest investing in this cold therapy system unit.
This cold therapy system will help you not have the discouraged after shoulder surgery and bursa surgery experience that this guy had (opens to a new page on my site).
It may be a bit overkill for Shoulder Tendonitis, but if you're just sitting around watching a game or working on the computer...it's an easy way to keep cold on a hard to reach place.
In the very near future I'm either going to create a little how-to ebook with the best ways to use this icing system, or just add it below here. If you get one and there still isn't anything here, use the contact form and I'll give instructions.
(For the record, it's not rocket science and you can easily figure out how to use the cold therapy system). But like every tool, there's more and less intelligent ways of using said tool.
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